The M. Hardiman Trophy, Benton Hall
Southend Golf Club Captain's Day
It will need a magician for this shot!!!
Social Distancing at its finest
It is with a heavy heart I report that John Worth passed away in his sleep peacefully last night Saturday 9th January. John was a great Captain of our Club and made a big impression wherever he went, Larger than life is a term used to describe John. He was much more than this, he was generous in so many ways and would genuinely help anyone whenever he could. His personality endeared him to so many people from different walks of life. He loved his trips with the Barton Bandits and the Harry Kernow boys to Cornwall. He was very popular among the Kindred Clubs following his year as Captain in 1993.
Whoever John reached out to he was well liked and loved. He had a wicked sense of humour and could give as good as he got but always he remained popular with all he encountered.
A good golfer in his early golfing life playing comfortably off around 10 handicap, he loved his time at Southend Golf Club and was so proud to represent the club as Captain.
Say it as it is was his motto and it made him many friends throughout his life.
He will be greatly missed by so many who wont even see this email.
So long Boysie
Sleep well we'll see you on the other side
Good morning to you all,
Many of you will have already heard of the sad and sudden passing of Ian Southgate last Saturday following the severe stroke he suffered and we understand he also contracted Covid 19 while in hospital. I am sure you will all have a memory of Ian at his time at Southend Golf Club, a place that was very close to his heart. Funeral arrangements are not yet known but will be advised and I am sure members will wish to pay their respects to this larger than life character once we are able to get together.
Ian started his golfing life at Southend Golf club as a cadet in 1967, caddying for members, earning a few quid and learning the game from some great members of our Club.
This is not an obituary at this time and more will follow when the time is right. Please take a moment to remember Ian in your own way.
Further information will follow once we know more.
Ballards Gore Senior Invitational
Ballards Gore Senior Invitational took place (despite Covid) on Monday 12th October. Numbers were reduced this year and no teams from Ballards competed. There were however ten teams competing and clubs included ourselves, Garons, Maldon, Colne Valley, Benton Hall.
Benton Hall won with 96 points, and one of the Rochford teams were second with 91 points, a mere point ahead of our A team. We failed to defend our title from the previous year and finished a creditable third. We all know there were a few points going begging! We did however, win 2 out of 3 of the nearest the pin prizes- Stan Ferguson on the 1st hole, and Brian Taylor on the 14th hole.
As always it was a very well organised event and nice to see some old faces - unfortunately this year they were wearing masks!!!
Many thanks to Hugh Kimbell, the organiser, and all the staff at Ballards - the food provided was of its usual high standard. And an enjoyable day was had by all.
Captain's Away Day, Benton Hall Golf Club, Witham, Essex for the M Hardiman Trophy
Although the weather forecast had predicted rain, and while the journey from Southend to Witham was made through heavy rain, the clouds cleared at 9 am, and for the rest of the morning we had no rain although the wind played a large part in our golf scores.
We were made welcome by the staff at Benton Hall Country Club, and by following the clubs covid-19 guidelines that were clearly marked out, we commenced the day with coffee and bacon rolls prior to tee off.
Tony Crispin -this year’s Captain- has not had the best year for his captainship, with bad weather during the first part of the year followed by the lockdown, but with this his first away day he must be pleased with the turnout of Southend Golf Club members. Well done Tony for an excellent day.
With the golf finishing we took lunch in Benton Hall's Golf Club Restaurant followed by a presentation.
Winner P. Robinson 36 points. Runner up J Iquacel 35 points. Well played everyone who attended on the day.
Dave Cundick Memorial Trophy
12th September 2020
On a beautiful September morning the weather was kind and perfect to remember our great friend Dave Cundick.
30 members and 3 of Daves family turned up to play and enjoy the day.
Scores were keenly contested with the exception of popular returning member Aaron Gosling who hadn't read the script. Aarons golf was relentless with a phenomenal front nine score of 24 points he owned the course on Saturday. With an equally impressive 20 points on the back nine it was going to be a terrific performance from anyone to wrestle the much sought after trophy from Aaron's grasp. With very few errors on his card the trophy was his and very fitting that like all of us Aaron was a good friend of Dave's too.
An Impressive overall total of 44 points was more than enough to take the trophy.
The axe man cometh I hear you say........
Runner up on the day was Mr consistency, well with the Magners he is for sure. King of the Cockles - Craig Deal with an excellent 37 points shame he blobbed the first two holes it could have been closer.
Winner of the nearest the pin at 10th was the ice man Dave Frost with an impressive shot to beat the previous nearest, must of been a great shot
Wooden spoon winner of the day with 23 points was Mr Chicken Wings & Chips Andy Scott.
It was lovely to see Dave's family there for the day and special thanks to Maria for presenting the trophy and her wonderful speech about Dad.
Celebrations continued in the usual SGC way
Cheers to you Dave Cundick our great friend
Dave Cundick Memorial Trophy
With over 30 people down to play on Saturday 12th September.
This magnificent Trophy, purchased in the main by your generous contributions
will be presented by Dave’s Daughter Maria.
Please support this event to honour the memory of our friend and club member Dave.
If you have not put your name on the list or contacted me and wish to play or remove yourself please let me know ASAP.
I will be sending out Tee times and groups in due course. This is a Club Competition which will be Stableford scoring, playing from the White Tees,£2.00 entry. I will be collecting the cards at conclusion of play. A presentation will take place for those who wish to remain.
There will be no refreshments provided, but food can be purchased in the usual way at the bar subject to availability.
As you are aware COVID is at the forefront of the News this morning, with new restrictions coming into place after the weekend relating to social distancing and groups socialising.
Therefore it is important to maintain vigilance and only come to the club near your tee time and not congregate together in large groups. I will update you if this has any implications in how we operate in the future, when the details are clearer!
If you are feeling unwell or are unsure if you wish to be in an environment where people are congregating in close proximity, then please do not come to the Club. This is a personal decision which will be respected.
SGC Captains Day 15th August 2020
In a very strange year we were able to get out play our first real social event, Tony Crispin's flag ship competition - Captains Day
Apart from the weather a jolly fine time was had by all, the weather got the better of some poor souls who could not make it past the beer tent at the half way house and decided a better option was to take solace with Messrs. Budweiser and Magner.
The hardy bunch who continued braved the elements and like Camp Granada (that's for the oldies) the sun eventually came out and dried off the clubs and clothing.
So to the winners: Posting an exceptional score in such dire weather our winner was Martin " Bonesey " Jones with an incredible 41 points and a very capable runner up Dave "the ice man" Frost narrowly pipped at the post with an excellent 40 points.
There was a Captains prize for the least best golfer of the day and unusually to find him in last place chef and all round good guy Lee Porter with less points than anyone else.
The past Captains prize was keenly contested as always but only two PC's finished and the bragging rights went to Paul Eley with a magnificent 33 points.
The Texas Scramble was played over holes 1-8 in the afternoon after lunch and considerable refreshment and the winning team of Martin Jones, Simon Ravinat & Paul Eley came in with a very low net score and runners up were Dave Frost, Jamie Lewis & Bob Leek.
The Captain gave a great speech despite the heckling and thanked everyone who had helped make it a great day.
Dancing and singing ensued throughout the evening in usual SGC style, social distancing of course, dont watch the video.......
Ian Nelson Result and More
Please find attached the result of last Weekends Competition The Ian Nelson Trophy. The winner with a magnificent 46 points was Darren Cumper. The runner up on count back was Lee Porter with 44 Points from Mick Edmunds. Fantastic scoring, congratulations and Well played all of you who achieved 40 plus Points.
28 cards were submitted and £50.00 was collected. Do the maths?
From this coming weekend we will revert to using the card box in the bar to Deposit competition and Handicap cards, plus envelopes clearly marked with fees enclosed.
Cards will be completed for competitions for 2 players only, if playing in a four ball 2 cards Required. I will accept three Players on a card for 3 balls, provided that the card is clearly marked with the names and handicaps of the players Concerned.
There is an up to date Handicap list in the changing room. It is your responsibility to Check and ensure that you are playing off the correct handicap before play.
Some members are confusing official CONGU Handicaps with those that are allotted in casual play and unofficial competitions. Please do not confuse the two!
Please take care when completing cards and thoroughly check that your scores are correct. Any future discrepancies will result in disqualification. The PSI in the changing room will remain out of use until further notice.
With the replacement of the white competition tees looking unlikely at present, the yellow tees are to be regarded as competition tees until further notice. This is not ideal but It is what it is. It is approved during COVID by the games regulators.
This weekend we will be playing the July Medal. For new members this has two Divisions Div 1, 0-18 Handicaps Div 2 19-28 Handicaps. £3.00 entry, birdie balls for par 3 holes Only, cards and fees to be deposited as above.
I have decided to reintroduce monthly Medal rounds in order to introduce a meaningful reduced Order of Merit table for 2020. We have now played around seven competitions. I will produce an OOM table shortly.
This Wednesday we will play the July Midweek Medal. All welcome, but let me know For the draw if you already have not.
Again welcome to all our new members. I hope you are enjoying being part of the club.
This weekend the bar reopens with strict restrictions. Limited seating inside. Table service Only. Cashless payment available. Maintain social distancing and be alert. Think of our Older and more vulnerable members. If you feel unwell please do not come to the club.
Many thanks and best wishes
This weekend we will be playing for The Ian Nelson Trophy. This is a Stableford competition full handicap. £2.00 entry. Please ensure that cards are correctly marked with names and Handicaps clearly shown. If playing in 4 ball two cards required. Last weeks competition cards contained numerous scoring errors Resulting in Disqualifications and several entrants recording lower scores Then achieved.
Last Fridays Biceno Trophy was won by Vice Captain Nick Chapman with 41 Points. Well done Nick and congratulations to all who played and contributed to a great day which was organised at short notice to replace the cancelled Captains day. 24 entries and £95.00 was collected. I will post the full results in the changing room At the club.
Lastly welcome again to all of those who have recently joined the club. I hope you will Enjoy the experience and make many new friends.
The good news is that bar will be reopening with restrictions on Saturday 4th July respecting the government’s guidelines regarding social distancing etc. Full information in due course.
SGC Competitions update
Good Morning All
I hope you and your families are well and that those of you that can are enjoying once again playing golf! The past couple of weeks have seen some excellent weather and scores to match! Under difficult Circumstances the Club has facilitated large numbers to obtain access to tee times through out the Week and many have taken advantage to the full. Thanks go to Colin Wyatt for all of his hard Work and organisational talents.
With the recent Government relaxation of social distancing rules it is anticipated that the council will soon Permit three or four balls to play on the course. Therefore I feel that the time is right to start playing club Competitions. We will start over the next weekend 5-7th June with The Stableford Trophy. This was abandoned due to severe weather before lockdown.
In order to play you must have a current valid club handicap. We will play off yellow tees unless white tees are installed. An updated handicap list will be placed in the changing room. Cards will be completed on one group card clearly showing the names and competitors plus clear scores. No signing required. All Putts must be holed out. £2.00 entry, apart from those listed below who paid fee last time. All cards and Fees to be left in a box provided in the changing room. Do not use the PSI Screen.
At present the bar and main clubhouse remains closed in accordance with EGU and Government instructions. Please maintain social distancing at all times. Do not touch pins. Preferred lies in all unraked bunkers in accordance with emergency R&A rules. You may bring your own refreshments.
You will be informed in due course on format of play, draw arrangements, order of play when situation Fully clear next week.
D Seymour, G Fraser, T Crispin ,M Edmunds, A Scott, Pete Robinson, Jorge, R George, P Eley, B Taylor, C Snell, A Langdon.
N Chapman – R/U J Joseph
P Gray/D Seymour – R/U P Robinson/A Scott
Morrie Burns Trophy
P Robinson – R/U D Seymour
Ian Nelson Trophy
T Burgess – R/U L Burgess
R Leek/M Johnson – R/U L Burgess/I Southgate
D Seymour / P Gray – R/U C Wyatt/R Leek
Fred Gates Trophy
T Burgess – R/U J Iguacel
D Cumper – R/U D Seymour
D Seymour – R/U A Scott
R Leek – R/U I Southgate
H Foreman Cup
D Grimble – R/U L Porter
S Ferguson – R/U R Leek
Order of Merit
D Seymour – R/U T Burgess
|Sportsman’s Trophy||D Cumper – R/U D Seymour|
|Club Championship Scratch||I Southgate – R/U L Burgess|
|Club Championship H’cap||L Burgess – R/U D Frost|
|Gold Medal||P Eley – R/U D Burgess|
|Henry Cotton||D Seymour – R/U A Scott|
|Winter 4 Ball||J Joseph/L Porter|
R/U G Fuller/I McEwan
|Summer 4 Ball||C Wyatt/C Deal|
R/U S Ferguson/T Burgess
|Southend Cup||R Leek – R/U I Southgate|
|H Foreman Cup||D Grimble – R/U L Porter|
|Veterans Trophy||S Ferguson – R/U R Leek|
|Order of Merit||D Seymour – R/U T Burgess|
Southend on Sea Golf Club Winners 2018/2019 Season
|Stableford Trophy||T Crispin - R/U P Gray|
|Golden Day Trophy||S Fullet - R/U D Frost|
|Biceno Trophy||N Chapman - R/U J Joseph|
|Guy Aldred||P Gray/D Seymour|
R/U P Robinson/A Scott
|Morrie Burns Trophy||P Robinson - R/U D Seymour|
|Ian Nelson Trophy||T Burgess - R/U L Burgess|
|Presidents Trophy||R Leek/M Johnson|
R/U L Burgess/I Southgate
|Henry Cotton Qualifier||N Chapman - R/U F Lockhart|
|Ravenswood Trophy||S Fuller/D Payne|
R/U A Scott/ R George
|Ben Birkham Trophy||D Frost – R/U M Sargent|
|Captains Cup||L Burgess – R/U J Joseph|
|Autumn Shield||D Seymour / P Gray|
R/U C Wyatt/R Leek
|M Hardiman Trophy||M Butcher – R/U B Taylor|
|Silver Medal||I McEwan – R/U P Gray|
|Tiger Trophy||D Payne – R/U K Verner|
|Fred Gates Trophy||T Burgess – R/U J Iguacel|
|Southend Electic Cup||J Joseph – R/U J Iguacel|
|Burkes Bowl||G Fraser – R/U C Snell|
|Graham Trophy||R George – R/U R Leek|
Well done Southend Golf Club for raising £3,500 for the Reece Hawley Foundation
You are all blooming brilliant
- Keeley Robinson
The Reece Hawley Foundation
This weekend marked 1 year of support from Southend Golf Club with Peter Robinson as their Captain.
We were privileged to be invited to his drive out and to be given the opportunity to thank Peter, Keeley and everyone at Southend Golf Club for their amazing support over the past year. Between them all they have raised over £3,540 for The Reece Hawley Foundation for which we cannot express our gratitude enough.
Every penny that is raised in Reece’s name goes towards helping a young person with cancer and their loved ones make invaluable memories. We have helped more people this year than ever before and support like this will help us help countless more next year.
So again, please help us in thanking Peter, Keeley and all of the members of Southend Golf Club for their love and support and hope their charity of choice for 2020 can be just as successful and welcomed as we have been.
New captains drive in best wishes to Tony Crispin have a fantastic year
15th December 2019
Another great afternoon at sgc to welcome in our new captain Tony Crispin thanks to the girls Sarah, Cathy Keeley, Julie for arranging and serving the food bucko and his assistant for doing the bar . All the best for the forthcoming year .
Your vice captain Nick
Winners of the Annual Southend Golf Club Quiz league, Dave Seymour team captain, secret weapon Tony Howson’s wife and team motivator Ian Spooner pictured.
Wednesday Wanderers Christmas Away day Basildon G.C.
Southend Golf Club Christmas Golf Away Day 20th November 2019 at Kingswood Golf Course Basildon.
With a good turnout of members and guests the day started with a nine-hole putting competition on a frost covered putting green. The conditions made putting tricky and hard to read for most golfers, but not for eagle eye Paul Ealy who made it look easy, returning a winning card of 20 for the nine holes, could he owe it to skill or to those corduroy trousers!!
The day was organised by club member Brian Taylor and all would agree he made a fine job of it, well done Brian. We would also like to say thank you to the staff at Kingswood Golf Club for a warm welcome and excellent Christmas dinner to finish the day.
The weather and course were good for this time of year, and the outright winner of the eighteen-hole competition with a fine stableford score of 41 point was Mick Butcher well played Mick.
This is the final competition for the Wednesday Wanderers Order of Merit 2019.
Will Tony Howson cling on for a start to finish season victory? All to play for. Winner to be Presented with magnificent decanter filled with Spirit of choice!
Roger Foreman Match v Belfairs GC
27th October 2019
An emphatic win by the boys in Blue over their rivals from Belfairs Golf Club in the Roger Foreman Trophy match on Sunday 27th October.
The first four games were a close run thing and could easily have gone either way had it not been for the brilliance of Lee Porter and Jarrod (not Gerrard) Joseph overcoming their opponents by a single hole to win one up.
Likewise popular duo of Dave Seymour and Paul Gray came back from 2 down with 3 to play to close out the game at the 18th, terrific play gentlemen and not a sign of their usual pink attire to be seen.
The Captains & Vice match also went in the favour of Blue to cap a great year for Peter and Tony not only helping to secure the Shield but also to win the much coveted Woodhouse Tall Trophy played for every Autumn, well done boys a fine 2& 1 victory over Bob (Joan) & Trevor Is hard.
Next up International pairing of Jorge Iguacel & Baywatches own, Ian (Hasselhof) Southgate overcame their opponents with a fine 2 & 1 victory.
First of the big winners, reliable duo of Stan Ferguson & Terry Burgess trounced their opponents 6&5 to take us to 5 from 5, truly a great start.
Next up we had returning member and former cadet Ian McEwan & Gary Fraser who clearly butchered their opponents, past Captains and all round good guys Pete Mahoney & Andy (Nosher) Nash 3&1. At this point the white wash was looking on at 6 from 6
In the next match we saw Colin Wyatt & Craig Deal outwitted for our first loss 3 & 1 we are told it was a great match though...........
Veterans and stalwarts of the Wednesday Wanderers were up next with Roy George & Paul Eley up against tough opponents and sadly succumbed by one hole to keep us at 6 up after 8.
Next up Big hitters, big drinkers, big eaters Andy (chips for me) Scott and Nick (Bubba) Chapman took on the next victims and were soundly out played, out drunk, out eaten and triumphed with a resounding 6&4 win.
Next up Lewis Burgess (surely the future of the club) & Dave Frost ably assisted by Chazza, took on a tough pair and after being 5 down with 5 to play really showed their teeth by coming back to win 5 on the trot for a great halved match.
In Match 11 we saw the great pairing of Ian Spooner & Darren Cumper up against two in form golfers, so they told me anyway. Belfairs duo managed to edge through with a 2&1 victory but it was still looking good for the boys in blue.
Next up was the dream team and new partners, no strangers to a vacation, Chris Kirby & Brian Taylor who got off to a great start and never looked in trouble to bring home the all important point with a fine and comfortable 4&3 victory.
Match 13 saw the tough pairing of Dave Grimble and Kevin Verner overcome their opponents with a sound 5&4 win, sorry.............
Next up was relative new boy and promising golfer Martin Johnson paired with the match play King, Bobby Leek and despite giving their opponents 2 shots on the 5th............. still managed to bamboozle them and pull off another point with a 1 up win.
Yet another trouncing came next with Malcolm Brennan & Ali Fisher totally outplaying their foes from the Burgundy brigade 6&5.
With the last match to come in, it was another Wednesday Wanderer pair of Tony Howson & Mick (new boy) Butcher who took on the the tough duo of R Beadell & H Brown, in a keenly contested match with a bit of toing and froing the game ended in an honourable half to close out the matches in the favour of SGC
A phenomenal result of 12-4 in the favour of the good guys, this was the biggest margin probably in the history of the competition.
Well done all who competed and special thanks to the girls for the food and Bucko and his delightful assistant for serving up the drinks. It leaves me to finish with one comment and that is the spirit and friendship continues in our club, please renew your subs and come along to the AGM.
Onward and upward SGC
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